15/11/2018 19:45 at Health and Wellbeing Centre.
Alec Leamas (Richard Burton in one of his greatest film performances) is a British spy sent to East Germany by his controller, George Smiley (Rupert Davies), to pretend to be a defector and to undermine a senior intelligence officer. Burton brings a world-weary characterisation to his role, and perfectly captures the morally ambiguous nature of what it is to inhabit this most shadowy of worlds. With support performances from Claire Bloom as Nan Perry, a communist sympathiser in London, and Oskar Werner. “Easily the masterpiece of a long storied career. This film clearly shows the ambiguity and betrayals of those who toil in the world of espionage.” (Scott DiMarco, huffingtonpost.com)
Dir: Martin Ritt 112mins UK 1965
22/11/2018 19:30 at Health and Wellbeing Centre.
Following Le Havre (2012), the first in his Dockyard trilogy, Kaurismäki sets this film in Helsinki, where Syrian refugee Khaled arrives in search of his lost sister. Kaurismäki’s familiar deadpan humour and use of 1950s style settings, are again in evidence. Refused asylum, Khaled goes on the run, encountering the dangers (and cold) of the streets. Meanwhile antihero Wikstrom prepares to leave his wife and the drudgery of his work in search of happier times in the restaurant business. Inevitably his and Khaled’s lives cross and new beginnings result. A gentle and mostly humorous commentary on the challenges of migration and acceptance in our times. Best director award, 2017 Berlin Film Festival. “It all adds up to a gently loving fable with a straightforward political message that home can be wherever you find it.” (Nick James, bfi.org.uk)
Dir: Aki Kaurismäki 100mins Fin/Ger 2017
Preceded by the Annual General Meeting at 7.30 pm
29/11/2018 19:45 at Health and Wellbeing Centre.
Samuel Jackson voices novelist James Baldwin’s words in this documentary based on the writer’s ‘Remember This House’, unfinished when he died in 1987. The film chronicles Baldwin’s accounts of his friends in the Civil Rights movement, including Dr Martin Luther King, Malcom X and Medgar Evers. With 1960s archive footage through to the current Black Lives Matter movement, a picture of a still racially divided America emerges. With appearances by Harry Belafonte, Marlon Brando and George W Bush, as well as Baldwin who once said ‘the story of the Negro in America is the story of America’. “[Baldwin] is an artist, a bit of a dandy who left Harlem to live in Paris. He comes at social and political issues from a poet’s perspective. Peck has done him an enormous service by turning his 30,000-word unfinished manuscript into a feature documentary.” (Geoffrey Macnab, independent.co.uk)
Dir: Raoul Peck 93mins Swi/Fr/US/Be 2016